What is psychotherapy?

Whereas most people have an idea what counselling means, many are much less clear about psychotherapy. There is considerable overlap between counselling and psychotherapy, both in the issues that can be addressed and the methods used. In general psychotherapy tends to address more deep-seated problems which may have roots in very early childhood experiences. Psychotherapy tends to take longer, and a commitment to regular sessions becomes important. The training of a psychotherapist can be longer that that of a counsellor, and a psychotherapist will normally have been to therapy themselves for several years.

There are many branches of psychotherapy, including Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Humanistic and Integrative, to name but a few.

If you are unclear about which form of therapy is best for you, please call Maurice Tomkinson.

What does psychotherapy involve?

Therapy sessions normally take place once a week and last an hour. At the first meeting the therapist will ask you about the problems or issues you would like to work on, and the results you would like to get from psychotherapy. He or she will also answer any queries you may have.

During subsequent sessions you can bring any issue you want to talk about, and together we will explore it in different ways, sometimes using imagery or dreams, sometimes by exploring feelings, often simply talking.

What sort of problems can be helped by psychotherapy?

The list below gives examples of some of the issues that can be worked with in psychotherapy:

addictions • anger management • anxiety • bereavement • breakdown • bullying • compulsions • communication difficulties • creative blocks • crises • depression • eating disorders • family problems • fear • mid-life crisis • obsessions • panic attacks • phobias • relationship problems • self harm • sexuality issues • sleeping problems • stress • suicidal feelings • traumas • work and career issues

This is by no means a complete list - if you have an issue that is not listed here, it doesn't mean that it can't be helped by psychotherapy. Give us a call to discuss it confidentially.

How long does it take?

This is not an easy question to answer, as it depends on the nature of the problem, the type of change you are looking to achieve, and your own readiness to make the necessary steps.

As a guide, clients find that a certain amount of emotional relief can be obtained by talking through a problem in one or two sessions, a single issue problem that has arisen fairly recently may be resolved in five or ten sessions, whereas a problem which is complex or has persisted for years may take many months to resolve.

How much does it cost?

Each practitioner working at the Hope Street Centre sets their own fee scales. As a guide, counselling and psychotherapy sessions typically cost £35-50 per hour. Some therapists offer reductions if a block of sessions is paid for in advance.

How do I access the service?

There is no need for a doctor's referral - you can make an appointment directly with the therapist, who will usually be able to see you within a week.

Therapists providing Psychotherapy
Gareth Williams
Gareth Williams A therapeutic approach for people suffering with anxieties, worries and fears.
Maria Silvina Gioseffi
Maria Silvina Gioseffi I am a chartered clinical psychologist with 20 years of clinical experience working with children, young people, adults and families who experienced emotional, developmental, learning and mental health difficulties. I have specialised in the area of early trauma across the life span and have developed a consultation and therapeutic service for children and young people who experienced developmental trauma and their families.
Hope Pugh I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist regulated by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working within their code of ethics so that I may work with you in a confidential and professional way.
Patty Everitt
Patty Everitt Because problems often evoke strong feelings it is not always easy to talk about what’s really bothering us. My role is to help you feel safe enough to confront the issues and to guide and support you as you explore.
Dewi Thompson
Dewi Thompson As a counsellor I try to create a space which helps you to talk openly and comfortably about yourself and how you are feeling.
Kathy Herring
Kathy Herring I am a psychotherapist specialising in trauma and attachment. I offer individual sessions with adults or children, sessions with child and parent together or work with parents to support their child.
Jessica Woolliscroft Jessica Woolliscroft is an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant, psychotherapist, trauma therapist, supervisor and trainer based at the Hope Street Centre.
Sandy Juric New
Sandy Juric Sandy Juric is trained to masters level in both CBT and Integrative Psychotherapy. She has 15 years experience within the NHS and private practice, and offers an approach that has the flexibility to suit individual needs.
Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson Mike Johnson practices counselling and psychotherapy, with a particular interest in Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
Kathryn Dykes
Dr Kathryn Dykes I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner and HPC Registered Clinical Psychologist/Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society with substantial experience of working psychologically.
Sarah Gilbert
Dr Sarah Gilbert I work with people aged 18 or over (with no upper age limit) who are experiencing a variety of psychological difficulties including but not limited to anxiety, depression, stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive compulsive (OCD) disorder.
Karen Moore I’m a counsellor that works at The Hope Street Centre in Sandbach. I have worked with lots of different presenting issues that have impacted on mental health and I’m interested in working with people who want to heal after sexual abuse or rape. I understand that you feel this may be too challenging but I know that it is possible to rebuild your life again.
Carol Royle
Carol Royle Carol Royle (RGN, PG Cert & Dip CBT, EMDR Parts 1-4 Adults) is accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and she is an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Europe Accredited Practitioner.

About us

The Hope Street Centre is an independent centre located in the attractive rural market town of Sandbach in South Cheshire, with easy access to the M6 motorway and the railway network at Crewe.  The centre is readily accessible from the neighbouring towns of Congleton, Alsager, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Winsford, Northwich, Warrington and Stoke on Trent.

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Our Address: 10 Hope Street, SANDBACH, Cheshire, CW11 1BA
Telephone:      01270 764003 (weekday afternoons only)

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